My Big Shot Broke!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! The Olympics have started and I couldn’t be more excited! I just love them and have moved my office into the living room for the next 2 weeks! Today, I wanted to share with your how my Big Shot broke…..and got fixed!!!

My Big Shot Broke, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my first Big Shot that I bought back in 2008 and have used so much all of these years. I can’t even begin to count how much  I have used this Big Shot for die cutting and embossing! I’m super impressed it lasted this long. While using the Big Shot and pushing through the plates with the die, I heard a pop and rattle and thought…..that’s not good! The handle then cranked smooth in one spot. I was still able to use it this whole time! It just slipped at that spot each time. If you notice in the photo above, what happened  was that the cogs were breaking off. Then one day, more little cogs popped and rattled and I knew it was over. I was sad that my first Big Shot was shot! My husband said if it is broke, I can’t break it more so let’s see if I can fix it!

New Cogs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After taking the Big Shot apart and seeing that I just needed another cog and it would work again, my husband called Sizzix to see if we could buy the part! They said they would send a new part for free and took our address down! How amazing is that?!?! Due to the age, I was not expecting that at all. A few days later a new cog set arrived and my husband installed it!

Big Shot pieces, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the parts of the Big Shot before my husband put it all back together!!! If you have any specific questions about this process, I would love to ask my husband for you and answer them for you! He was amazing and fixed it completely with the help of the new parts from Sizzix!!

Like New Again, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It’s like new again!!! I’m so excited!!! I can’t be more thankful to Stampin’ Up for carrying such amazing products and partnering with excellent companies. Love it!!!

If the Big Shot has been on your wish list for awhile now, I think you need to get one NOW! I love love love mine so much and couldn’t live without it. It does so much for each of my projects! Also, right now you will be earning Sale-A-Bration freebies as well! Woot Woot!

I hope you all have any amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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What’s On Your $125 Wish List???

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Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorites things! This is my pick for what I would get in my Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit if I signed up now during Sale-A-Bration!! It’s an amazing time to sign up! So….what’s on your $125 Wish List??

New Stamper Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Do you love Stampin’ Up! products and want the best deal ever?? Now is a fabulous time to join Stampin’ Up! and my Fabulous Friends Team!
You get to pick out $125 in any product that you wish!
PLUS any two Stamp Sets of your choice!
PLUS free shipping on your order which is a 10% savings!
All for just $99.00 (plus tax)!

A few other perks that you get when you join:
~A discount on all of your Stampin’ goodies!
~All the stamping fun you can handle!
~Access to pre-orders and new releases of product before others!
~The fun and fellowship of the Fabulous Friends Team!
~Being a part of an amazing company that is celebrating 30 years!

If I was a New Stamper, I picked the items in the photo above because I thought they were a great start for the beginner! This totals exactly $125.00!!!

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Advanced Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If I was a seasoned stamper and had a nice collection of items but decided I wanted to enjoy the discount and have fun, I would pick the items in the photo above!!! I added in some Baker’s Twine to get closer to the total which you could pick any color you wish! This kit totals $124.50!

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Wish List, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I really struggled on my picks for the 2 Free Stamp Sets! Of course, the most expensive ones is the best way to go! I went with Petal Palette and then I was back and forth on Beautiful Day or Magical Day! They are both super fabulous!

What are you picks??? Let me know what you would love to spend $125 on! Let me know in the comments below!

See all these goodies in action in my Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it! I post a video every Tuesday and Thursday so subscribe so you don’t miss out out on any of them!

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me! I’m always happy to answer them!
If you would like to join Stampin’ Up and my Fabulous Friends Team, click here!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Mom’s Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I thought I would share my Mom’s Birthday Card that I made for her!!! I thought this little piggy was just adorable and while the card doesn’t say Happy Birthday on the front, it was the perfect greeting!

Mom's Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It was perfect and she loved it which makes it all amazing!!!

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Crumb Cake after running it through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Plank Embossing Folder. Now for the focal point of the little piggy! I stamped him…..or her from the The Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink! Using the Stampin’ Blends, I colored it all in. I used Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Pool Party. Check out this video for a tutorial on the blending!

After coloring the piggy and all, I layered it onto a piece of Pool Party cardstock and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals! Next, I thought that the flower needed a cute center so I added a Clear Epoxy Jewel! Just perfect!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stamping with a fabulous group of ladies is on my to-do list which makes me happy and my heart full!!!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on so you can earn a free item for every $50 you spend! Woot Woot! Of course, there is always earning Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers and even the January Free Stamp Set of the Month! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Baby Ziggy is a….

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Happy Friday!!! We found out the gender of our Lil Ziggy right before Christmas and shared it with family! Of course I couldn’t forget about all of you. Baby Ziggy is a….

Hello Baby, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Do you know yet??? I used the Baby Moon Stamp Set and Stampin’ Blends to create this card! The greeting was punched out with the New Scallop Circle Punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Then I layered it onto a Pretty Label Punch. Next, I layered this onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and added some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon around the bottom. This was all layered onto a Melon Mambo card base!!!

Lil Ziggy is a, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Yep, it’s true!!! Little Ziggy is a girl and growing well!! She looks strong and healthy! We are very excited and I was surprised because everyone was guessing Boy and I was convinced!!!

For the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). I added some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer Washi Tape from the Holiday Mini Catalog (retired). The alphabet set I used is also retired (sorry). I used the Sophisticated Serifs Stamp Set. Alphabet Stamp Set are fabulous and those are one thing that I don’t get rid of when they retire! Any alphabet set would work!

I had a lot of fun making this card and it is super special. If you would like to check out a little Video Clip I created from of the first half of the pregnancy, check it out below or click here!!! Give it a thumbs up if you liked it and let me know if you want me to share more about my baby crafting projects!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!!!

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Happy Monday! Happy 2018!!! Let’s Make It a Good One!

Happy 2018, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It always seems like a new year is a new start! While that is true, do know that you can start anything at any time. There is never a perfect time to start something so why not now or in 3 months or in 2 weeks. I would like to share a few of the things I hope to start, continue, enjoy, and do in 2018!!!

~Sending out cards is always special to me. I love making them and using them! Still to this day, it surprises me at how much a simple note in the mail (happy mail) can mean so much to someone! I plan to continue sending out Birthday Cards and Anniversary Cards to friends and family. Also, I hope to send out more “thinking of you” or “you got this.” Another thing to consider, while a sympathy card is great. Don’t forget to check in on the person a few months later too!!

~I love what I do!! While it doesn’t always feel like work because I enjoy it, sometimes I feel like I am always working! I’m hoping to set more time to focus on just work so that I’m not spending as many evenings and weekends working on things to get caught up. We shall see how this one pans out with our little one coming in May! I might just be working evenings and weekends or when I get a chance. 🙂

~I love taking pictures, making memories, and spending time with family! This is always something I hope to continue each year!!!  Taking time for vacations, trips to the zoo, and relaxing on the front porch at my parents house need to be scheduled in now!!!

~Last but not least, I hope to continue having a safe and healthy pregnancy the next few months! I hope to have a good delivery and a healthy baby! Can’t wait to hold our little bundle of joy!

What are some of your hopes, dreams, goals, or wishes for 2018?? Let me know in the comments below so I can cheer you on! Reach for the stars!

Happy 2018! Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Merry Christmas From All of Us!!!

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Happy Monday and Merry Christmas From All of Us – Brad, Me and lil Ziggy!!!!

Merry Christmas From All Of Us, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I just wanted to send out a little message to all of you whether you celebrate Christmas or not! I hope you have an amazing day today filled with love and laughter! If you are traveling today or in the next few days, please be careful and have safe travels. May you have a good times with friends and family making memories that will last a lifetime!

We spent the weekend with Brad’s family and are spending today with mine! The reveal of Lil Ziggy’s gender is making this year even more magical! Stay tuned as I will reveal to all of you later this week! If you have any guesses, just leave them in the comments below! I have a little jar with everyone’s guess in it on either a pink or blue label. I can put your guess in there too! 🙂 Of course a little fun that will go in Ziggy’s scrapbook!!

Don’t forget that if you got some Christmas Cash this year there are lots of fabulous deals right now with the Holiday Mini Catalog ending on  January 2nd. Many of the items retiring are on sale as well! Click here to start shopping! All orders in increments  of $40 will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers which don’t expire at the end of the year! Also, orders of $75 or more, will earn the Free Stamp Set of the Month from Me which is the Little One Stamp Set! The Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion begin on January 3rd!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura And Brad and Ziggy!


My Cards Are in The Mail!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you had a fabulous week! Mine has been super busy with Holiday prep as well as all the regular stuff! Our tree and decorations are up and my cards are in the mail!!! I’m feeling accomplished!

My Cards Are In The Mail, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I sent out 193 Christmas Cards this year to Friends, Family, and all of those that ordered from me this year!!! I love spreading holiday cheer with happy mail in the mail box! It felt great to have all of these all out and in the mail! I hope they arrive well. If you would like a card from me, send me your address and I’ll get one in the mail to you!!! Click here to send your address. I wish you all the most amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or December. However you wish to celebrate, I wish you all the best! I can’t believe that 2017 is coming to an end soon but I am so excited for a fabulous 2018!

Don’t forget that I have Gift Certificates available if you need a gift at the last minute. Just let me know what you need and I can send a Paypal invoice and mail the certificate to you! Let your family and friends know too! Just pass my information along to them! You can also fill out the MY CHRISTMAS WISH LIST and pass that out to family and friends.

Every order this month of $75.00 or more (before shipping) will earn My Free Stamp Set of the Month which is Little One!!! It won’t come with your order but instead it will be sent separately.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Brad’s Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

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Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was Brad’s Birthday and so today I’m sharing his Nintendo Birthday Card!!!

Brad's Nintendo Birthday Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think it turned out really cute and Brad loved it. It’s not exactly like a controller due to some things I couldn’t really recreate but it’s pretty close. I had to write the A & B and Nintendo on the gray because it wouldn’t show up on the black. Also, I wasn’t able to put the gray area down the center because spacing was difficult. Trying to scale things correctly is probably my hardest part of making these cards! You can check out some of my past creations here, here, and here!

I started with a piece of Whisper White for my card base and made it s 5″ x 7″ card! I knew I needed a larger card for this concept or those little pieces would be even smaller. 🙂 Next, I took a piece of Real Red (4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″) and layered it on top! For the controllers, I used Smoky Slate as the base and Black Baker’s Twine as the cord! For all of the decorations, I hand cut them out except the red circles and hearts which were punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. I really wish I could have punched more out but the pieces were so oddly shaped. Thank goodness for my Stampin’ Trimmer to get those small pieces though! The greeting was stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.

Brad's Birthday 2017, www.LaurasStampPad.com

He loved it and that’s all that matters!!! I don’t always make custom cards but when I do it is fun and makes it even more special! Do you like to make custom cards for family and friends?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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We Have Big News!!!

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I’m so excited to share that we have big news!!!! 🙂 Check out the Video below!!!

That’s right!!! We have another little stamper coming May 2018!!!! My husband and I are very excited to share this news with all of you and what better way to do that than with a card!!! I made these cards as the announcement for all of our Aunts and Uncles and family. Of course, we told our immediate family in person. We were able to see everyone over the Thanksgiving Holiday so that’s when we shared our news. It was so fun and exciting!

We Have Big News, www.LaurasStampPad.com

A little bit about me and baby Ziggy! That is the name that Brad gave the baby as soon as we found out and it has really stuck! We are both doing amazing! Thank goodness for working from home and being your own boss because that means daily naps! 🙂 I haven’t been a fan of the foods I was eating all the time. So now it’s time to mix it up and try new things or eat those things, I don’t normally have but love! We have see our little one on a sonogram and heard the heartbeat twice now! It’s the most precious thing ever! At our last appointment, little Ziggy had hiccups or was kicking because we could hear the heartbeat and then a thud. I’m still not feeling any movement yet but can’t wait to do so! We will find out the gender at Christmas time!

What does this mean about stamping and my blog?? At this time there we be no change! I am hoping to continue to blog 5 days a week as I have been. I plan to schedule posts in May! I will say there may be a day or so that a post might not happen and I apologize in advance but will do my best to make it seamless! The same goes with the 2 weekly videos on my YouTube Channel! I will probably take a little time off on local classes and events but plan on getting back into it when I’m ready! I’m so excited to share this all with you and hope you are as well!

Thank you for all of your love and support with me and my Stampin’ Up! business! I look forward to continuing to help you with your stamping needs and providing inspiration and creativity!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 


Stamping With Those I Love!!!

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I love to stamp and I really love stamping with those I love too! Every year, I get together with my Mom to create her Christmas cards! I love stamping and chatting and creating together!!!

Stamping with Those I love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

On Sunday afternoon, I took all the supplies to my parents house to make 75 Christmas Cards!!! My Mom picked 2 different samples – this one and a variation of this one! Of course, I had my husband join in the fun! Together, we had a wonderful afternoon of stamping, working together, chatting, and of course laughing!! We had a nice assembly line going on and quickly finished the stamped Bethlehem card. Then we got started on the deer in a sweater card but didn’t have enough time to finish. I also didn’t have enough ribbon for all of them!

Family Christmas Card Creation, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Since, we needed to finish up the cards, I brought the goodies back on Thanksgiving! I got to stamp with my Sister and Nieces. I was tying the ribbons. The little girls were taking all the backs of the Stampin’ Dimensionals off and my sister was adding it to the card front and trimming the ribbon. Working like a team really make it go quickly. I just love sharing my love of stamping with those that I love!

Do you love stamping with friends and family or do you prefer to stamp alone? Let me know in the comments below! Most days I’m stamping alone and enjoy listening to music or having a movie going on in the background. I enjoy those days for sure but I really love stamping with others. That is probably because I love talking so much!!! 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day to earn the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set for FREE with a $75.00 order! In December, I’ll have a new stamp set picked out….stay tuned! If you have a favorite you would like it to be, let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura